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Polish voice made itself heard above the stream of talk and counter-talk—
General Sosnkowski (the Polish Commander-in-Chief and first Allied
General to gain a victory in this war against the German forces) issued an
Order of the Day to the Home Army, in which, with the despair of one
who looked on, helplessly, at the slaughter of his soldiers, he presented
the world with the tragic reality of the Warsaw situation. If this Order
of the Day was intended to awake the conscience of the peoples of the
world and force the issue by compelling the Big Three, still engaged on
their bargaining,, to react at last either in a friendly or in a hostile manner,
then its author., to a certain extent, seemed to achieve his purpose.
" Soldiers of the Home Army ! Five years have passed since the day
when Poland, encouraged by the British Government and having received
its guarantees, stood up to a lonely struggle against the German might.
The September campaign gave the Allies eight months of invaluable time,
enabling Great Britain to complete her war preparations to such an extent
that the Battle of Britain—a turning point in history—was won. History
has still to pass the verdict on the significance of the Polish September
campaign in the destinies of the world.
" Since then the deadly struggle of the Polish Armed Forces against Ger-
man imperialism has never ceased. The darkness of enslavement had barely
time to enshroud the ruins of Polish towns and villages, when Polish forces
were already re-forming abroad. For five years they have been fighting
without respite on the oceans and continents, in defence of the liberty of
the nation—believing that they were thus following the road leading to
the restoration of their country, undiminished and truly independent. In
Poland., the initial organisation of the Underground Army had already
started in October, 1939. The story of its development, of its battles and
strife, is a proof of what can be achieved by setting into motion the purest
aspiration of the human soul. Soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces abroad^
successful in the battles of London and of the Atlantic, of Rome and of Paris^
look up to the example set by their brothers at home as a spiritual beacon,
ceding to them the first place in the annals of achievements of soldierly
devotion to duty.
" For a whole month the soldiers of the Home Army, together with the
people of Warsaw, have been shedding their blood alone behind street
barricades in a merciless struggle against the enemy's overwhelming superi-
ority. The loneliness in which the Poles fought the September Campaign,
and the loneliness in which they are now fighting in Warsaw are entirely
different one from the other. The people of Warsaw, left to their own
devices and abandoned on the common battle front against the Germans—
this is a tragic and ghastly riddle which we Poles are unable to solve, con-
sidering the background of the great strength of the Allies on the threshold
of the sixth year of war.
" We are unable to do so, because we have not yet lost faith in the belief
that the world is still governed by moral rights. We do not understands as
we are unable to believe that a policy, devoid of moral principles, could do
otherwise than write on the pages of history, for her own condemnation,
the ominous words : * Mane., Tekel, Fares ! ' We cannot believe that reasons
of expediency in the face of physical might, could lead so far as to cause in-
difference to the agony of the capital of a country whose soldiers have
shielded so many other capitals with their own bodies, besides lending aid
in their liberation.